Research on Teaching & Learning: Integrating Practices

Event Type: 
Hamilton, Ontario (McMaster University )
Event Date: 
December 7, 2011 - December 8, 2011
Event Time: 
(All day)




December 7th & 8th, 2011
McMaster University Student Centre
CIBC Hall, 3rd floor
Hamilton, ON

Research on Teaching & Learning: Integrating Practices

The Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL) at McMaster University is thrilled to announce our second annual ‘Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices’ Conference. This yearly event brings together faculty, students, staff, and administrators across disciplines and institutions to promote evidence-informed teaching practices through the sharing of research on teaching and learning.

Based on the successes of last year’s conference, we have expanded the event to a two-day format for this year. December 7th will feature pre-conference workshops on a range of teaching and learning research topics, as well as an opening plenary by Dr. Geoff Norman, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Dimensions of Clinical Expertise and Assistant Dean of the Programme for Educational Research and Development (PERD) at McMaster University. The program for December 8th will consist of long and short papers, poster presentations, and an address by our distinguished keynote speaker: Dr. K. Lynn Taylor, Director of the Centre for Learning & Teaching at Dalhousie University and past Vice President, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning of the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Registration is now open on the conference website:

Call for Abstract Submissions

We’re pleased to invite abstract submissions for this conference. We welcome research on any area related to teaching and learning in higher education, including (but not limited to):

  • Collaborative teaching methods
  • Non-traditional approaches to student evaluation
  • Teaching with technology
  • Teaching large classes
  • Community engaged learning
  • Inter- and Trans-disciplinary teaching and learning
  • Teaching inclusively
  • Conducting and assessing Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) work

Proposals can take the form of the following types of participation:

  • Workshops(3 or 6 hours): Workshops should be hands on, participatory sessions that will allow participants to learn about some aspect of teaching and learning research by doing.
  • Long Papers(50 minutes): Long papers are interactive presentations of original research about teaching and learning in higher education. In addition to presenting findings, session leaders should plan to make use of strategies that will engage attendees actively in the material.
  • Short Papers(20 minutes): Short papers provide an opportunity to communicate research results (or related material) in a more condensed fashion. While these sessions may be akin to traditional conference papers, presenters are encouraged to include interactive components wherever possible.
  • Poster Presentations: Posters allow participants to present research ideas and/or findings in an informal context that facilitates one-to-one discussion and exchange with other conference attendees.

Individuals are free to submit more than one proposal, but should be first author on only one paper presentation. Work in progress is welcomed.

Submission Process:
Proposals should be submitted via the online submission form that can be found at The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Sunday, October 16th, 2011.

All proposals must include the following:

  1. Submission Type
  2. Submission Title
  3. Author name(s), title(s) & contact information
  4. A brief abstract (no more than 250 words) that indicates the focus and objectives of the session. Proposals for workshops and long papers should also outline the interactive methods that will be used.
  5. An indication of audio-visual supports (e.g. computer with PowerPoint, internet connection, DVD player) and other supplies (e.g flip chart paper & markers) desired for the session. Please note that we will do our best to meet your needs, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be met.

For additional details about the proposal submission process, please visit:

All proposals will be peer-reviewed. You will receive feedback on your submission by November 1st, 2011. Other conference details, including the registration form, can be found by connecting to:  Registration is now open!

Please note:

  • By submitting an abstract, you agree to register for and to participate in the conference if your submission is accepted
  • By submitting, you are also giving the Integrating Practices planning committee permission to publish the submission information, if accepted, in promotional materials related to the event
  • The abstract you submit will be the one included in the final conference program. No editorial changes will be made.

Call for Proposal Reviewers

We invite you to volunteer to review 3-4 brief abstracts (250 words) for this conference. As a reviewer, you are also able to submit a proposal for a conference session or workshop. Abstracts will be available online on or before October 17, 2011 and you will be required to complete your reviews by October 30th, 2011.

If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, please let us know by October 3, 2011, and include your name and institutional affiliation in your correspondence. This information will appear in the conference program and on the website.

To volunteer to serve as a reviewer, or to ask questions about the review process, please contact:

Beth Marquis, Ph.D.,
Educational Research Consultant, Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL)
Teaching Commons, Mills Library 504/H, McMaster University,
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27667


For additional information, please contact Beth Marquis ( or visit: